Russian President Vladimir Putin says the US wants to prolong the conflict in Ukraine. Photo/Illustration
“The situation in Ukraine shows that the US is trying to prolong this conflict,” Putin said at a security conference in Moscow Russia TodayTuesday (16/8/2022).
Putin reiterated that Moscow launched its military operation in Ukraine at the end of February to ensure the security of Russia and its citizens, as well as to defend the Donbass people from genocide.
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“The US has set a cannon fodder role for Ukraine, carrying out ‘anti-Russian’ projects (in Ukraine), turning a blind eye to the spread of neo-Nazi ideology, to the mass killing of Donbass people,” he said.
“The US has pumped the Kiev regime with weapons, including heavy weapons, and continues to do so,” he added.
The US and its NATO allies are increasingly supplying Ukraine with weapons, including the M142 HIMARS dual rocket launcher, M777 howitzer and combat drones.
US President Joe Biden said in June that NATO would support Ukraine for as long as needed to, in fact, ensure that they are not defeated.
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Russia sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreement, which was designed to give the Donetsk and Lugansk regions special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocol, brokered by Germany and France, was first signed in 2014.
Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has since acknowledged that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create a strong armed force.”
In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbass republic as an independent state and demanded that Ukraine formally declare itself a neutral nation that would never join any Western military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian attack was completely unwarranted.
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